|What came to be known as Zambezi Music|
DeathGrowing up, local radio and television is all I had to enjoy. for entertainment. The local music industry was shrunk at a very fast rate in the 90's and HIV/AIDS and a very poor economy had a lot to do with that. But all good things survive. Zambians have music for all occasions, from funerals to weddings, they rarely had the resources to persue music and earn a living. This coupled with the economic decline that stretched from the 80s and straight through the 90 made it impossible for one to imagine anyone taking music as a livelihood. Some stood tall and strong though, I remember Daddy Zemus in the mid 90s, he made that difficult choice and to day his name will forever remain as that of the father to the rebirth of Zambian Music. Do you remember 'Salaula'? Yes that was the break out song of this late great. he came out at a time when people said that such music did not belong to this country and he would flop. but his impact was disruptive enough to leave an indelible mark on the music industry and a whole generation of music lovers.
change the world and he returned to the darker recesses of Zed life, I am happy to inform you that he is alive and well, and those of us who have it, still enjoy his music. Started from a group called EHD (Ever High Dread) Nasty and his crew widened the path Zemus cut by drawing in the grass root fans across the board. A full story on him will come at a later stage. moving on..
The PioneersIt wasn't long before a smart and shrewd businessman put his hand in reviving our music, with the successful recording and selling of Daddy Zemus's Chibaba album, Mondo Music CEO Chisha Folotiya brought forth the Rhythm Nation Project. This compilation showed how diverse and deep Zambian talent actually was. to most of us, it was a breath of fresh air
There are several names and artists i have not spoken of or referred to, this is deliberate, I just wanted to give a glimpse of what i mean by Zambian music as i know it, and where it stands today. Every once in a while I listen to the radio and I hear a new song every day, from old timers to new comers, there is always something I have not heard. I pride myself in being capable of separating the the good from the crappy stuff upon first hearing.
Unfortunately I don't have the energy or the time anymore to be a fully fledged critic, but I still know what good music sounds like. But from way back then to now, I have come to appreciate the efforts these artists make and I hope that you the reader found out something you didn't know.. At the very least reminded you of good memories.
Bless and be blessed